Another adventure awaits

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It’s been a good summer, full of sunshine, lemonade, swimming, fresh blueberries and fun. It’s hard to believe it’s almost August, but we are rather excited for the next month in our calendar year, since that’s when we depart for Scandinavia. I’ll keep you updated as we go along!

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A Merry Christmas

A few scenes of the season from our house to yours.

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One of my favorite traditions is making our own Christmas cards. I grew up helping my Mom and sister do this every year and I have continued it for our family. This year I was happy to have a newborn footprint to use on our cards.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, rejoicing in the birth of our Savior!

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“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.

“[He has come] to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.”
~Luke 1: 68, 74-75

What’s Been Going on in Our Lives

This past winter held a rather exciting event for us:

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It kind of happened quickly in the sense that we didn’t spend months and months looking for the right house, although we had been talking about it for quite some time. This one is on a couple acres of slightly rolling land with a grand yard, an attached garage (which is very handy in our northern winters), and an open kitchen-dining room-living room layout which we love.

The other thing I love is that it’s ours to paint and do with what we like. So paint I did, with help of family and friends. The master bedroom is shown here in the original color:

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And this is the dining room, mostly finished with newly painted white walls. Both rooms were the same purple color as above. It was SO nice to have both painted before we moved in.

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Natasha even helped do some touch up painting in her room with paint we found in the basement.019-001

Moving day was exactly three weeks ago and what a day indeed. It is a lot of work, lest anyone think differently. But we had help and it went very smoothly.775

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We are now settling in and making new memories in our new home. Natasha loved helping unpack easier items…mostly because she could stand on the step-stool. 033

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Along with having a new house, spring and summer make me so excited. Especially as we anticipate the arrival of our new little one in June. :)  1-011

Happy slightly late Easter everyone!

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It has been way too long since I’ve done a proper update. But I’m here to announce, this is the completion of our New Zealand trip last year, and I’m finally bringing it to a close with the last stop on our journey home in early November, 2014.

We flew from Seoul, Korea to Las Angeles and from there quickly got a rental car and headed up US 1 to visit my cousins for a couple days in San Louis Obispo. We were flying the rest of the way home out of San Francisco, so it was a nice little stop along the way and we got to see the western coast of the United States for the first time. I have a funny feeling we would have been more impressed if we hadn’t just come from the western coast of New Zealand. I thought they looked very similar.

Natasha was a little leery of playing with boys, but it turned out that she rather liked her cousins, and they got along fine.
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We were hardly in San Francisco, but it wasn’t to be an extensive touring time. I wanted to see a hilly street, and the bridge, and that was all. We will return another time to experience more.

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(Photo credit to then-4-year old Natasha. I thought she did pretty good.)

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And that, is a wrap. We flew home and happily entered a cleaner house than when we left, and a cupboard full of sweet potatoes and an overflowing platter of fresh fruit. (Thanks to Daniel’s family who knows us pretty well.)

We are now getting ready for another visit to Europe with Daniel’s two younger brothers and a friend. That makes us a party of 6, and Natasha and I will be the only girls. I didn’t grow up with brothers, but it’s a lot of fun having brother-in-laws and more guys around. I might even be slightly more excited about traveling with them than seeing the new places on our itinerary. It is such fun to share flying, public transportation, and new cultures with people who haven’t traveled much. I think it actually helps me appreciate the places we visit more because they are seeing it all with completely new eyes and it becomes new to me as well.

p.s. I did say that a review of the Asiana Airlines lounge would be the next post, but…we had a change of plans. I think I have already emphasized how much we enjoy flying business class when points allow us, and didn’t think we should rub it in anymore. ;)

{Photo editing credit:  Amos Haley}